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Auricular involvement of a multifocal non-AIDS Kaposi's sarcoma: a case report

By M Busi, E Altieri, A Ciorba and C Aimoni


Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a multicentric, malignant neoplastic vascular disease, mainly involving skin and mucosae, characterised by the proliferation of endothelial cells. The aetiology of KS still is unknown. Nonetheless, it has been reported that several epidemiological and environmental factors may play a role in its pathogenesis. Viral factors (i.e. human herpes virus 8, HHV-8) have also been claimed to play a role in the onset of KS. Four main clinical presentations of KS have been described: classic (sporadic), African (endemic), iatrogenic (immunosuppression-associated) and AIDS-associated (epidemic). The authors present a case of KS involving the external ear of a HIVnegative patient with a history of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and tuberculosis

Topics: External ear, Kaposi's sarcoma, Lymphoproliferative disorders, Aged, Female, Humans, Ear Auricle, Ear Neoplasms, Sarcoma, Kaposi
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:iris.unife.it:11392/2333028
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